New initiatives and exciting programmes have been implemented for the 33rd edition of the National Sports Council (NSC) Summer camp sponsored by major stakeholders Flow, Sagicor and Holiday Suppliers.
During Friday’s press launch at the NSC headquarters in My Lords Hill, St Michael, NSC assistant director Mona Alleyne said each year there is always a slight demand for entry into the camp.
She explained that there are going to be some adjustments for the six-week camp which runs from July 9 to August 17 in several sporting disciplines, at various venues across the island.
There are usually 16 sports from which to choose and this year NSC are looking to target 1400 campers.
Alleyne said that the NSC always tries to add new programmes that are positive and impactful, and this year they are going to be reintroducing taekwondo; jiu-jitsu, Ballet and rowing, which is another sport she said has taken off in Barbados.
Over the year’s track and field, football, swimming and netball attract a large majority of campers. However, Alleyne pointed out that where track and field is concerned, they have had some challenges in the past and this year is no different.
She explained that due to the dilapidated state of the National Stadium and its track, they have been forced to relocate to Blenheim pasture behind the NSC. But the NSC assistant director assured that the Blenheim outfield would be ready in time for the camp.
However, high jump and long jump will continue at the Waterford based Stadium along with boxing, bodybuilding and body fitness programmes.
With Surf Side Fitness Gym also coming on board, Alleyne gave additional details about the upcoming camp.
“We have some interesting programmes for the campers besides being coached and learning the new disciplines that we are offering. Our tours have been upgraded to the wax museum and Ninja Warrior, which is an activity centered on the American Ninja Warrior style,” she said.
“We are going to be introducing our campers to that activity center. We have also entered into a relationship with Sandy Crest facility where they are going to be doing the Sudden Cardiac Arrest programme. We will expose about 20 persons at a time because it is good for our young people in sports to understand how to use certain machines.”
“Ballet came in with a relationship with Cuba because we have eight coaches from Cuba. As you know dance is a component of sport and physical education and therefore we are adding ballet. But the ballet would be done at three of our venues on a two-week basis. There is also going to be a netball workshop with two coaches out of the United Kingdom,” Alleyne added.
Registration starts on Monday, June 25 and parents are asked to download the forms from the NSC website and bring it to the council as soon as possible accompanied by two passport size photographs and BDS$120.
Camp coordinator Ryan Toppin also referred to the extensive programmes being offered this year but explained that due to the popular demand for swimming. They have restricted the number to only two years that a child will be accepted into the programme.
“Swimming is a sport that within the first half hour of registration swimming is full. We have introduced a programme where we only allow a swimmer to swim for two years because our program is a learn to swim programme. Within the first year you learn to swim, the second year you will just be improving on that skill set. So after the second year you will have to choose another sport, this is to make space for many children out there who have not had an opportunity to swim but are very desirous in learning to do so,” Toppin said.
Sagicor has been a partner for the past 33 years and Marketing Officer Folayan Taitt said the insurance company will organize a session for campers, dealing with the benefits of healthy diet to improve physical and mental well being of the participants.
Flow corporate communication manager, Alan Harris during his remarks said that the company he represents sees this as more than a summer camp, as hundred of children will be exposed to the benefits of sports in an effort to expand their skill set especially in the discipline of football, since this is a World Cup year.
Holiday Suppliers donated BDS$35, 000 worth in products that includes L’Essenza Di Mare soap, shampoo, conditioner, body wash and body lotion which will be distributed each week to campers. Managing director Jorge Farias said he was happy to make a contribution and looks forward to a long partnership with NSC.